Robert Kuttner

Robert Kuttner is co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, as well as a distinguished senior fellow of the think tank Demos. He was a longtime columnist for Business Week and continues to write columns in The Boston Globe. He is the author of Obama's Challenge and other books.

Recent Articles

401 KO:

Remember how Enron employees found their retirement accounts ruined because company policy blocked them from selling Enron stock while the stock was crashing? Congress is currently debating pension ''reform,'' but only of the most flagrant abuses.

But there is a much bigger story here. It isn't just that some companies irresponsibly lock up workers' retirement assets in their own stock. Fewer and fewer Americans even have secure pensions.

As recently as 1980, one American worker in two had "defined benefit" plans. All during your working life, the company built up a pension account on your behalf. At retirement, your pension, based on your pre-retirement income and years of service, was guaranteed as long as you lived.

The Ideological Impostor

Run left, govern right: the fraudulence of the Bush presidency

In the 2000 election, the voters of this country
could have been forgiven
for sizing up George W. Bush as a cross between a moderate Republican and DLC
Democrat. Here are some of the things he said while campaigning:

In a stirring passage in his convention speech, Bush invoked

Got Plastic?

Americans are a liberty-loving people. Our earliest national motto was Don't Tread on Me. Even after a sickening terrorist attack, we resist national identity cards.

Yet we face an ever escalating assault on our privacy and liberty by both Big Brother and big business. And some of our most libertarian instincts turn our to be perverse in their effect.

Comment: The Do-Something Senate

There may be some life in the Democrats yet, especially in the Senate. They killed drilling in Alaska. They blocked a wretched judicial nomination. They sidetracked President Bush's outrageous effort to make the tax cut permanent, which would yield endless deficits and spell curtains for decent public services. And the sky didn't fall. They even earned the ultimate encomium: a fatuous lead editorial in The Wall Street Journal headlined, inevitably, "The Do-Nothing Senate."

No Al-ibi:

Al Gore is back. At the Democratic state convention in Florida, Gore, newly shaven, declared that he was at last speaking out against George W. Bush because "I've had it." At Vanderbilt University on Earth Day, Gore flayed Bush's environmental record.